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Our Conversion Story

Luke 19:9

Today salvation has come to this house

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgDo you remember your salvation story – your conversion story? If someone asked you to share with them or with a group of people – could you articulate how you came to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Could you articulate the BC and AD in your life?

I remember mine – it was at a revival when I was 12 years old – which would have made it the summer of 1967. My father was a pastor and had a guest preacher come and share a revival at our church. I don’t remember what he preached about – but it pierced my soul – or at least the Holy Spirit got my attention. I felt the urge to go forward after the sermon but didn’t at first – I was worried what others might think if the preacher’s kid went forward and admitted he wasn’t saved yet. Thankfully they had a second song and I came forward to receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior. There is more to it than this – but this is the short version.

Today’s passage is such a story – how someone was converted. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Luke 19:1–10 – 1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

What is your story? I often say that our conversion story is our biggest evangelistic tool. How Jesus found us and changed our hearts – can impact others so much. What is your story? Practice sharing it with other believers – so that when a unbeliever asks you about it – you will be able in a brief way – share your conversion story. You might just have a major impact on someone’s life.  Tell your story – your testimony – about your conversion and see if God can use it to His glory!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way!

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July 28, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , ,

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